Posts for category: pediatric foot care

By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 01, 2019
Tags: clubfoot  

Clubfoot is a congenital anomaly that is characterized by an inward turning of the feet and ankles that affects nearly one in a thousand young kids. When it affects both feet, they can turn to the point that they are facing each other,but often just one foot is involved.

The condition of clubfoot can become problematic if it is not identified and treated by your foot doctor. Untreated clubfoot can lead to severe complications with walking and movement as the child continues to grow.

A Clubfoot occurs in two different situations: isolated and non-isolated. Isolated clubfoot is the term used when there are no other mitigating circumstances or health conditions. Non-isolated clubfoot is more difficult to treat and may happen concurrently with a neuromuscular disease.

3 treatments for clubfoot include the following:

  1. The Ponseti system—Using a combination of manual manipulation, stretching exercises and casting the Ponseti method consists of gradually manipulating the foot into the correct position over a period of months.
  2. Supporting boots and braces—After the cast comes off, a specially fabricated brace and supporting boot will be needed to keep the foot in the proper position until the bones of the foot have grown further and alleviated the condition.
  3. Surgery may be required—Early detection of clubfoot is essential. If the condition is not noticed early enough, surgery may be needed to straighten out the bones of the foot. The foot surgeon will realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons. Recovery will take some time, and physical therapy exercises will be needed after the initial healing process is over.

If your child is showing signs of clubfoot, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!


By Foot First Podiatry
May 02, 2018
Tags: podiatrist   clubfoot  

The condition known as clubfoot is a common congenital deformity affecting nearly 1 in 1000 kids and is characterized by an inward turning of the ankle so that the soles of one or both feet are facing inward. If the condition worsens and is left uncorrected, it can cause major future problems with ambulation.

In many cases, with early detection and treatment, clubfoot can be completely corrected and the child will experience no ill effects and will be able to participate in regular activities.

Clubfoot can either be an isolated condition that is independent of other problems, or there may be other health factors like neuromuscular difficulties, that create a more complicated scenario.

Treatments for clubfoot include:

The Ponseti method—This treatment consists of a combination of manipulation and stretching exercises that involve the use of casting to gradually redirect the growth of the foot over many months.

Surgical repair and bracing—After the casting procedure is completed, a small surgical incision will modify the tightened heel cord, and braces will be utilized for the remainder of the healing process to prevent a recurrence.

If you notice that your child’s feet are pointing in an unusual manner, contact your podiatrist for a consultation. In the vast majority of instances, the flexibility of young bones and other tissues makes the Ponseti method very effective. If these conservative treatments of manipulation, stretching, and casting do not provide the necessary correction, a surgical procedure may be required to realign the bones, ligaments, and other tendons and tissues.

If your child is showing symptoms of clubfoot, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN for a proper evaluation and recommendation for treatment. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to helping your child maintain healthy feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
May 26, 2017

Little feet are sensitive and need extra love and care. It is true that children’s feet are different from those of adults because they are actively growing and developing. Their foot problems should be brought to a doctor’s attention and Foot First Podiatry understands the needs of your children’s feet.

  • In-toeing and Out-toeing for children should be treated under the super vision of a podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care to correct the situation.
  • Flat feet pain with children is a common concern among parents. Lack of an arch in the foot can cause significant problems but can be monitored to see if they grow out of it. In the interim the child should wear arch support shoes to ensure the foot develops away from the conditions of flat feet.
  • Foot deformities are more medically involved and may be corrected with proper shoes or braces. Some foot deformities can be caused by cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or club foot.  Again, a podiatrist should be consulted from the onset.

When the warm weather comes and the kids ask to go to the playground we can’t always keep an eye on them every minute.  They are quick and fearless and we know the boys can be reckless sometimes. But we can keep their safety a priority by visiting our doctor for routine checkups. We tend to overlook podiatry as preventative health and forget that our feet take us everywhere our body needs to go.

Heel pain is common with children who play soccer and basketball.  Heel pain that is more sever is known as Sever’s disease and mostly occurs in children between the age of 8 and 14. Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to the disease. The pain happens where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone but the first sign is when your child starts rubbing their heels with their fingers at games or practices.

We do tend to watch our children when outdoors to make sure they do not wonder off with a stranger or fall head first into the slide but the subtle signs of recurring pain should be addressed too. If your child is showing any signs of foot or ankle discomfort or pain call  Zahid Ladha at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in New Albany, Indiana and will be glad to check your child’s feet. We want to see your child play all summer without injury or pain.